There is continuing uncertainty on timescales for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. A ruling from the Supreme Court on whether or not the Government can trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union without a vote in favour by Parliament is expected on 24 January. Article 50 provides that a member state must give notice to the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the EU.
Prime Minister Theresa May has previously indicated that Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March 2017 - which would mean that the UK will be on course to leave the EU during 2019. Under Article 50, once the UK has given notice of its intention to withdraw, a period of up to two years will follow in which the arrangements for the UK's withdrawal and the framework for its future relationship with the EU will be negotiated. However, the Supreme Court's ruling could delay this timeframe.
The Government has also said that it plans to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and that EU law will be transposed into domestic law, wherever practical, on exit day. Most EU Directives are already implemented in the UK by regulations or Acts of Parliament and it will be for Parliament to decide whether to retain, amend or repeal domestic legislation. It is not yet known what rules on immigration and free movement of people will be in place after the UK's exit. The Government has stated that it expects that the legal status of EU nationals living in the UK, and that of UK nationals in EU member states, will be properly protected.
We will continue to provide guidance as the situation develops.
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